Pat the puppies, make them move, love them all.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a wonderful book for any dog lover. It's also a great vocabulary builder and perfect for early readers. It should be noted that one of the interactive tabs lifts a dog's leg, and there's a photograph of one dog crouched in a pre-poop stance. While the pull tabs are sturdy, a 2-year-old could still pull them off.

What's the story?

This is more of a reference work than a story. Individual dogs are pictured doing very doggie things.

Is it any good?


Pat the Bunny meets Go, Dog. Go! in this adorable photographic board book for kids of all ages. The soft ears, shaggy fur, and pull tabs that make legs move will inspire kids to match words with the photographs of the different kinds of dogs.


Early counting, basic adjectives, and simple adverbs will help the earliest readers master both words and dog breeds. This is an excellent book to put on the floor with your youngest children and watch them entertain themselves -- even without understanding the words.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different kinds of dogs. Which kind is your favorite? Why? What are some of the day-to-day tasks involved in taking care of a dog? What does it take to keep your dog safe, happy, and healthy?

Book details

Author:Matthew Van Fleet
Illustrator:Brian Stanton
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:February 6, 2007
Number of pages:16

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Kid, 8 years old January 25, 2010

I love it!

I used to own a copy of this book. Enjoyable. I loved it.
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Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byCMMOMMY April 9, 2010
Both kids love dogs and love this book!
Parent of a 2 year old Written byEDanner July 15, 2009

Simple book, with wonderful photos.

Our daughter enjoys this book very much. She likes the pop-ups and movable parts, although she still needs help with some that are stiff. A little bit of potty humor, but very age appropriate. Very helpful in helping a toddler understand how such very different looking animals are all dogs.


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